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    Legislature Taps Rainy Day Fund & Major Events Bill Gets Closer to Passage

    Unlike many others, Texas legislators did not take last week off for Spring Break, and the result of their being in Austin was a little bit of movement on the major issue facing them – the state’s $27 billion budget shortfall. But it was just a little movement. That still allowed plenty of time to advance other pending crises, such as the lack of ability to carry guns to work and on college campuses, and the effort to strike down voter fraud that no one, so far, has proved actually exists.

    Perhaps most significant for North Texas; bills that would expand the state’s ability to reimburse local communities for the costs of hosting major public events received an uncontested hearing in a House committee last Thursday and may get amended and approved on first reading in the Senate today.

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    Legislative Update

    Halfway through perhaps the most difficult legislative session in more than 20 years, another critical week passed with very little substantive activity. However, this week promises some movement – or least an indication of how some issues will be handled – on the major issues facing the state. Or, maybe not.

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    Doing Business in Poland

    Are you interested in trade opportunities in Poland?

    The American Chamber of Commerce in Poland has informed us that the group is planning a trade mission to the North Texas region in May, 2011.  The group is interested in making contact with local companies that have an interest in investment opportunities with that country.  If your company is interested in exploring investment opportunities in Poland, please contact Orlando Campos, Sr. Director of Business & Community Development at .  More information on Poland is as follows:

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    Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County, a collaborative partner of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, serves as the local workforce development board that can help local businesses access these programs.  Workforce Solutions helps local businesses recruit, retain and upgrade their workforce to enrich the local economy. 

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